The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel
What We Love
- Victoria Harbor vistas from most of the guest rooms
- Afternoon tea service with intoxicating infusions by local purveyor Jing
- The century-old cotton tree that greets guests upon arrival
- The Murray 75, the hotel’s signature orange blossom-forward version of the classic French cocktail
What To Know
- With rooms that starting at 500 square feet, this hotel has one of the city’s most spacious accommodations
- An in-house nutritionist can create customized menus for guests with dietary restrictions
- A one Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant opens doors soon
- The hotel’s pillow menu offers 16 choices, including a “snore-no-more” option
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Chicly restored Norman Foster knockout flanked by Victoria Peak, featuring harbor views and a Michelin-starred restaurant
When British architect Ron Philips designed this gridded ivory behemoth about 50 years ago, it was intended to function as a no-nonsense bureaucratic hive—but a 45-month-long renovation unveiled a dramatic revamp of the former government office. While long-admired features like its geometric façade and arcades remain untouched, powerhouse design firm Foster + Partners sought to make the urban icon a more permeable sanctuary, trading the building’s original fortress-like parking lot for a leafy courtyard that now includes a public tai chi area. Rooms are dapper and leather-bound, with surfaces covered in rare white stone. Sexy surprises continue in the form of a lobby redolent with Sicilian citrus and a glass-encased rooftop pavilion. The latter houses Popinjays (named for the resident cockatoos on neighboring Garden Road), a wraparound terrace bar with a curated selection of vintage champagnes. Though you’re within easy reach of the city’s buzzing retail heart, the property’s many sanctuaries of calm, including a soothing vitality pool, make this a coveted cocoon amidst Hong Kong’s urban sprawl.
In the Area
Though you can choose from one of five restaurants onsite, venture out for an all-you-can-eat dim sum brunch at nearby Duddell’s, perched above an outpost of local clothing boutique, Shanghai Tang. The hotel’s Cotton Tree Drive location mean guests are within a pebble’s throw of Hong Kong Park, a rare stretch of green in the concrete jungle featuring an aviary and the Hong Kong Teaware Museum. The international airport is approximately a 35-minute drive while Central, the closest subway station, is just a 10-minute walk.
How to Get There
recommended by colleague to stay at the Murray. The building was converted from a former office building, remember to watch the architect's remark on TV, charming design details. It is brand new, very clean and extremely quiet which is my favorite feature of the hotel. Staffs are attentive, very polite and professional. The room was designed to maximize the space, the toilet and shower/tub are in separate rooms. My only suggestion to add an electrical outlet in the toilet (where there is mirror while shower/tub room doesn't come with mirror) for the hair dryer. There is only an outlet for shaver which is 220 and 110. But the hair dryer provided by the hotel in the toilet cannot be plugged into anywhere in that room! I guess most reviewers are business men, hence did not get to utilize the hair dryer. For me, I've been drying my hair by the coffee bar:) Well, 2 more nights to go, 2 more drying by the coffee bar!
The renovation of the Murray building has produced a stylish and sleek hotel. We stayed for five nights in October 2018 in two rooms. Most of our group were in Hong Kong for leisure, while I was attending a conference.
We booked an N2 Grand room. Ours had a charming view out over the Hong Kong Park. The room itself was excellent. The bed extremely comfortable, maid service (both morning and turn down) impeccable. The bathrooms are ultra stylish marble affairs, though we noticed that the drains in both rooms were already rusting a little. The N2 rooms had a functional desk space that we used. There was plentiful free sparkling water, and internet of high reliable speed. As a business hotel, I think it succeeds marvellously.
In regards to food and drink, this was excellent. The breakfast is served as a semi buffet with beautiful fresh charcuterie, cheese, fruits and pastries. Freshly cooked meals including yum cha, eggs, and chicken and vegetables served en papilotte are all wonderful. Service was occasionally awkward (forgotten utensils, repeat clarification of what was ordered) at breakfast. though senior staff members are highly engaging. We had a single room service meal after a huge Sunday brunch, which was well prepared. We stayed soon after the opening of Popinjay's which is a stunning space. We used it three nights. Staff were very good at ensuring a seat for hotel guests, while balancing a large number of corporate workers from nearby. The atmosphere is just magic looking out over the peak and central.Of note, Popinjays was closed two nights we were in Hong Kong, and was only partially opened another night due to a private function. We were lucky to have a breakfast inclusive rate. Food offerings are consistently expensive throughout the hotel, although consistent with other five star hotels in central.
The hotels public spaces are sparkling, though the gorgeous lobby has limited seating. The gym space is also well equipped, and we visited daily. The pool looks lovely, though we didn't use it.
The location is good, but tricky. There is very easy access to the heart of central, though its a slightly awkward path that took us a few days to master. It is in the heart of corporate Hong Kong, and the area feels more stark than its competitors.
Hong Kong has so many options that we wouldn't necessarily stay again. As predominantly leisure travellers, there are a number of alternative five star hotels at a similar price point we would choose over the Murray.
This is my first time to visit The Murray Hong Kong.We very enjoyable in popinjays bar specially thank the beautiful lady Stephanie she was very cheerful and very detail to introduce the bar and restaurant , Keith who recommend two fantastic drink for us and the bartender Thomas who makes the cocktail . Fantastic team and hotel . Very happy at this hotel on that night.
Living in HK, working in Central could be very stressful. As working overtime, I chose to stay somewhere close by office.
The Murray was just around the corner, and I am very very very lucky to be upgraded by Ms Lopez. Very charming lady and trust me, her bright personality shine through the whole lobby.
Short, but sweet stay-cation.
Stayed here for one night for a staycation with my boyfriend. Its a luxury 5 star hotel that cares a lot of the details, good quality of bed, slippers, toiletries and unlimited fiji water !
Please don't miss out the breakfast, they are not cheap at all ! They serve semi buffet which you can get fruits, cheese and cold cuts whilst they serve made to order options of western and chinese style of breakfast! It can reduce food waste and at the same time you can have freshly made options! Definitely try the rice roll with xo sauce ! We love the dim sum there !